A defective dryer motor is accountable for a fireplace at a Cochranton residence Monday.
Scott Schell, hearth chief for the Cochranton Volunteer Fireplace Division, mentioned an investigation by Deputy Fireplace Chief Ryan Sekerski unveiled the mechanical situation which induced the blaze at 5348 Gravel Pit Highway. Sekerski is, along with his firefighter duties, a licensed non-public investigator, and Schell mentioned they use him often for investigating fires.
“The investigator discovered that the motor of the dryer had seized up because of unhealthy bearings,” Schell mentioned.
In consequence, the hearth is being deemed unintended. The blaze was reported at 1:03 p.m. after one of many householders noticed smoke popping out of the dryer, which was situated within the kitchen space of the house.
Upon arrival by firefighters, the flames had unfold to the kitchen and had additionally started burning a gap by a wall to an adjoining storage. Emergency responders had been capable of put out the flames in round 25 minutes, based on Schell, saving the storage from any severe damages, however part of the kitchen was “fully destroyed.”
The rest of the house incurred smoke harm, and Schell mentioned the property was insured for the damages, based on what the home-owner advised him. The residence is occupied by a spouse and husband, the latter of whom was not residence when the blaze began.
“It isn’t totaled by any means, no,” Schell mentioned of the state of the house after the hearth.
Firefighters from the Cochranton, West Mead 1, West Mead 2 and Greenwood departments responded to the blaze, whereas the Randolph Volunteer Fireplace Division was positioned on standby. No accidents had been reported.
Sean P. Ray will be reached at 724-6370 or by e-mail at [email protected].